Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses Brain Surgery Errors & Neurology Mistakes
The brain is truly a vital organ: This center of our nervous system controls all of our body’s functions, from our breathing to our thoughts to our emotions. When the brain is damaged, we don’t just suffer and injury, we lose a part of ourselves. Even if we are able to fully recover, through a long and tough rehabilitation, a brain injury can be emotionally and financially devastating.
Brain surgeons and neurologists are without a doubt some of the smartest and most talented professionals in the world. But unfortunately, that does not exclude them from being negligent or making terrible mistakes. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a neurologist, you may wish to speak with a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney about your possible claim. At Gladstein Law Firm, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation: (800) 991-0474.
What Do Neurologists Do?
Physicians who diagnose, prevent, and treat medical conditions that involve the peripheral and central nervous systems are called neurologists. Their areas of expertise include the spinal cord, brain, spinal nerves, and cranial nerves. Surgeons who perform areas on these parts of the body are referred to as neurosurgeons. There are nearly 15,000 neurologists and 4,000 neurosurgeons currently practicing in the United States.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons regularly examine the muscle strength and tone, sensation, balance, cognition, memory, and reflexes of patients, in order to treat and diagnose various neurological disorders. In addition, an eye examination may be done to examine the cranial nerves of patients.
THE COMMON BRAIN-RELATED MEDICAL CONDITIONS USUALLY TREATED BY NEUROLOGISTS INCLUDE:
- Tumors of the brain
- Tumors of nerves
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Arnold-Chiari malformations, which is a congenital birth defect that affects the brain
- Disc herniation, which is a vertebral disc that protrudes from the spinal column and pinches one or more nerves
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cancer of the spinal cord
- Bleeding on the brain
- Narrowing of the spinal column and lumbar
- Fractures of the skull
- Accumulation of fluid on the brain, also called hydrocephalus
- Aneurysms of the brain
- Cerebral palsy
Understanding Neurology Medical Malpractice
Although their job can be challenging, neurologists have a responsibility under the law to provide a certain standard of care to their patients. When they fail to provide that standard of care, the result can be a missed cancer diagnosis, brain damage, infection, or even death.
Common forms of medical malpractice involving neurologists include:
- A missed or delayed diagnosis, such as a missed brain tumor.
- Misread brain scans.
- A failure to fully consult a patient’s medical history.
- A failure to communicate with staff or with a patient.
- A failure to correctly get informed consent from a patient.
- A failure to properly instruct the patient.
- A failure to properly monitor the patient.
- A botched brain surgery.
- A failure to recognize the signs and symptoms of a brain surgery complication.
While some neurology errors take place in the operating room, many take place in regular offices, where doctors are faced with the challenge of diagnosing and treating medical issues. Just because your medical malpractice claim does not involve a dramatic surgery error does not necessarily mean that you were not injured, and that you do not deserve compensation.
The Consequences of a Brain Surgery Error
If you require brain surgery, chances are high that you are already facing a large number of health challenges. It can be devastating to discover that, on top of your original medical concerns, you have now been injured by a surgical mistake or a preventable complication of the surgery.
Brain surgery errors can occur when:
- The surgeon harms the brain or surrounding area during the procedure.
- The surgeon operates on the wrong side of the brain.
- The surgeon conducts the wrong operation.
- The operating team does not correctly guard against germs and infection.
- The patient is not properly monitored during the surgery.
- The operating team does not respond correctly to an emergency during the surgery.
- The surgeon fails to recognize the symptoms of a complication after surgery.
The complications of a neurosurgery error can be devastating, including permanent brain damage, paralysis, coma, and death. Those who survive a brain surgery error may be faced with six-figure medical bills, months or years of rehabilitation, and long-term disabilities.
Under Kentucky law, the doctor or hospital responsible for these consequences are also responsible for the costs.
Call Experienced Kentucky Neurology & Neurosurgery Malpractice Attorney Seth Gladstein Today
Seth Gladstein, a Kentucky personal injury lawyer, has had extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases involving neurologist and neurosurgeons’ mistakes and errors. If you or a loved one is the victim of a neurology or neurosurgery mistake, Gladstein Law Firm can help you understand your case, as well as your best options for legal action against your doctor or hospital. To learn about receiving possible compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries, call us today at (502) 855-4177 or toll-free number at (800) 991-0474. In addition, we invite you to fill out the contact information form on our website. We will get in touch with you right away to schedule your visit with Seth Gladstein.